Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Medtronic Q4 spine revenue drops 33% to $1.5B; raises quarterly dividend: 6 details

    Medtronic reported fourth quarter revenue dropped 26 percent during the pandemic, hitting $6 billion. Full year earnings were in line with the guidance the company provided on April 21 to account for losses due to the postponement or cancellation of elective procedures around the world. By Laura Dyrda -
  2. How Dr. Richard Berger is limiting COVID-19 exposure for out-of-state patients

    With out-of-state patients representing about 50 percent of his caseload, Richard Berger, MD, has revamped protocols "to ensure safety and limit exposure." By Angie Stewart -
  3. Texas hospital expanding orthopedics, plans to double number of physicians by 2025

    Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is on course to finish a 150,000-square-foot expansion that will bolster its spine and orthopedic services, Community Impact reports. By Alan Condon -
  1. OrtoWay expands clinical usage of hydraulically powered device for spine surgery

    Swedish spinal device manufacturer OrtoWay unveiled May 20 design improvements to extend the clinical usage of its hydraulically powered system for spine surgery. By Alan Condon -
  2. Implanet could sell total knee implant & more: 6 device company key notes

    Here are six key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from the past week: By Eric Oliver -
  3. Dr. Brian Cole takes helm at Arthroscopy Association of North America

    Sports medicine surgeon Brian Cole, MD, was installed as president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America for the 2020-21 term, according to a May 18 announcement. By Angie Stewart -
  4. Smith+Nephew launches partial knee replacement system

    Smith+Nephew on May 20 launched the Journey II unicompartmental knee system. By Alan Condon -

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  1. $2.1M spinal muscular atrophy drug gains European approval

    The European Commission recently approved Zolgensma, Novartis' $2.1 million gene therapy drug for spinal muscular atrophy, for infants and children up to 46 pounds. By Alan Condon -
  2. Dr. Jeffrey Gross selected for COVID-19 panel advising officials on reopening of local economy

    Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Gross, MD, has been selected to serve as chairperson volunteer medical liaison for the Newport Beach (Calif.) Covid Safe Commerce Task Force, KTVN reports. By Alan Condon -
  3. Arkansas hospital 1st in state to use spine robot — 3 insights

    Little Rock-based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center is the first hospital in Arkansas to use the ExcelsiusGPS robotic spine navigation system, thecabin.net reports. By Eric Oliver -
  4. $111M expansion to begin at Pennsylvania hospital — features spine center, orthopedic Center of Excellence

    Dubois, Pa.-based Penn Highlands Healthcare is beginning construction on a multistory building that will house The Brain and Spine Center and an orthopedic Center of Excellence, Connect FM radio reports. By Alan Condon -
  1. Florida spine, orthopedic practice resumes elective surgery

    Vero Beach, Fla.-based Vero Orthopaedics & Neurology recently restarted elective surgeries. By Alan Condon -
  2. Spine in ASCs post-pandemic: How 8 surgeons are thinking about the future

    Eight spine surgeons discuss how the pandemic will affect spine in ASCs, addressing patient selection, payer issues and the potential for acceleration in the future. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. The Spine Journal: Cerapedics' bone graft achieves higher fusion rate than allograft in lumbar fusion trial

    Orthobiologics company Cerapedics published data from a clinical trial examining the fusion rate of its i-Factor bone graft in noninstrumented lumbar fusion. By Alan Condon -
  4. Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute partners with EHR, RCM leader

    Fort Worth (Texas) Brain and Spine Institute recently partnered with eMDs, which provides EHR, practice management and revenue cycle management solutions for medical practices. By Alan Condon -
  5. NuVasive imaging system clinches 2020 MedTech award

    NuVasive's radiation reduction device LessRay recently won the "Best New Imaging Technology Solution" honor at the 2020 MedTech Breakthrough Awards.   By Alan Condon -
  6. How COVID-19 has affected Medtronic, Stryker, Johnson & Johnson's shares this week

    Here's how Medtronic, Stryker and Johnson & Johnson's shares have fluctuated over the last five days. By Eric Oliver -
  7. Hospital spine procedures drop 45%, orthopedics down 43% during pandemic

    The number of spine surgeries performed at hospitals in the U.S. decreased 45 percent from March 1 to April 15, compared to the same period in 2019, Axios reports. By Alan Condon -
  8. Medtronic launches cannula for balloon kyphoplasty

    Medtronic on May 19 launched the Kyphon Assist Directional Cannula for balloon kyphoplasty procedures. By Alan Condon -
  9. Implanet to sell total knee implant, focus 100% on spine business

    Orthopedic device manufacturer Implanet entered into exclusive negotiations May 18 to sell its Madison total knee implant. By Alan Condon -

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